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Old 08-19-2004   #1
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Interesting. Tucson Vikings?

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona businessman is heading a group of investors who have inquired about buying the Minnesota Vikings, according to media reports.

Fowler met with Vikings owner Red McCombs on Tuesday in McCombs' San Antonio office, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, citing an unnamed league source.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis first reported Fowler's interest in the team. Neither Fowler nor McCombs returned calls Wednesday from The Associated Press.

To acquire the Vikings, Fowler's group would have to prove its financial worth to the NFL's finance committee and the league's owners would have to approve, said Chad Ostlund, director of research and development for the Vikings.

McCombs, unhappy with the revenue the team can make in the Metrodome and unable to get traction on a new publicly funded stadium, has had the team on the market since 2002. Among the people known to be interested is Glen Taylor, a Mankato, Minn., businessman whose offer has been well short of McCombs' reported $600 million asking price.

Fowler, 45, played football at Wyoming from 1978-81. In the early 1980s, he was on the roster of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and also played one season as a linebacker for the USFL's Arizona Wranglers.

In 1989, Fowler founded a company in suburban Chandler called Spiral Inc., which supplies grocery stores with bags, cups, containers, labels and janitorial supplies.

Spiral had a reported $314 million in sales in 2003.

Fowler also owns broadcasting, aviation, and construction management and distribution companies with the Spiral name, the Arizona Republic reported, citing Arizona Corporation Commission records.
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I thought the Vikings were going to be getting a new stadium. It seems as though this type of story comes out every year about the Vikings. It must drive their fans nuts.
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That name SO does not sound right... if this does happen, I'd think there'd be a name change.

I wonder if the NFL would even allow the move there before L.A...... but then again, L.A. still doesn't have it together, even though McNair WHUPPED 'em after numerous delays.
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